Justice Thembile Skweyiya

Miles Jackson - 13th October 2015

We are sad to note the passing of Justice Thembile Skweyiya, formerly judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Justice Skweyiya was a giant of the anti-apartheid struggle and transition to democracy. In his death, we mourn not only him but also the loss of another member of a generation to whom South Africa […]

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The Out of School Children Case: A Model for Court-Facilitated Dialogue?

Jayna Kothari and Gaurav Mukherjee - 18th September 2015

An Indian citizen enjoys a constitutionally guaranteed right to free and compulsory primary education (Article 21A of the Constitution of India and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act)). However, there remain consistent concerns about the low levels of implementation of the various regulatory and affirmative action requirements imposed […]

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Nothing Right about Children’s Rights in Pakistan

Hiba Thobani - 26th August 2015

The first week of August 2015 has been witness to what is being called Pakistan’s ‘biggest child abuse scandal’– the horrific news of almost 300 children, systematically abused, coerced to perform sexual acts, videotaped and blackmailed. Most disturbing about the incident is that it took almost a decade before enforcement agencies uncovered (stumbled upon) the […]

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Damaged and Disregarded: Children’s Interests in the Benefit Cap Decision

Darryl Hutcheon - 13th April 2015

Following on from Paul Scott’s post, this contribution will consider how the Supreme Court in SG dealt with the interests of children in analysing whether the benefits cap was justified (despite its discriminatory impact). The interests of children were specifically raised with reference to article 3(1) of the UN Convention on the Rights of the […]

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Reporting Restrictions in Criminal Cases Involving Juveniles

Andrew Wheelhouse - 23rd January 2015

On 3 November 2014 Will Cornick was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years imprisonment for the murder of his teacher Ann Maguire, after stabbing her in front of her own class. Aged 15 when he committed the crime, he expressed no remorse and it became clear during the trial that he suffered from a […]

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Practices Harmful to Women and Girls – Joint CEDAW and CRC General Recommendation/ Comment

Mariya Ali - 19th December 2014

Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (CRC) and the 35th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the two UN human rights committees have jointly issued a General Recommendation/General Comment (GR/GC) outlining State obligations in preventing and eliminating harmful practices inflicted […]

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The Uncomfortable Place of Inter-Country Adoption in the Human Rights Arena

Mariela Neagu - 12th December 2014

While November marks the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the United States (one of the two countries still to ratify the UNCRC) celebrates ‘adoption month’. Inter-country adoption (ICA) occupies a very marginal place within the UNCRC. According to article 21, ‘inter-country adoption may be considered as an alternative […]

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The Uncertain Status of Child Rights in the UK

Rebecca Carr - 26th November 2014

This November marks the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). An atypical fusion of both civil and political, and economic, social and cultural rights, the CRC is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history: with all but two of the worlds states signing on. While impressive […]

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Children Gain Access to International Justice

Sara Austin - 16th April 2014

This week marks a major breakthrough in international justice for children. It is a turning point in a deeply personal battle of justice for children that I have fought for the past 15 years. I have dedicated my life to defending the rights of children around the world, particularly the most vulnerable children. Through my […]

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